The purchase of lilies for our garden started both because of the
appearance of the dignified and regal form of the flowers and plant,
and because of the heady fragrance. Some daylilies do have fragrance,
but it isn't one of the more noticeable attributes. I wanted more
fragrance in my garden, and as I wasn't getting enough of it with
the daylilies by themselves, I decided to investigate other plant
species to see what I could add to the garden to give me widespread
fragrance. Lilies were not only very fragrant, but they seemed to
be a very good companion plant that could be a back of the border
plant with daylilies planted in front. The daylily foliage would
cover the lower stem of the lilies, while the lily bloom would be
suspended above the daylily.
We started with some of the basic readily available bulbs such
as Stargazer, Tom Pouce, and Metrostar. Once again we were seduced
by the amazing variety of form, color, and bloom size. Before we
knew what had happened, we were "collecting" lilies. We
currently grow about 175 varieties in our gardens. We now have lots
of fragrance in the gardens
As Lilies are relatively new to
our garden, we haven't managed to take very many photos of them.
We are hoping to be able to greatly improve the Lilium photo gallery
in the upcoming summer seasons.
The recent spread of the Red Lily Beetle has been a severe deterent for gowing lilies in the garden. This pest can not be ignored! If you wish to have lilies in your garden you will have to be alert to them and either pick the beetles and or larvae (or find another means of getting rid of them such as spraying with pesticides) or your plants will be destroyed. It is unfortunate and makes a lot of extra work when growing as many plants as we do, but so far we have decided that we love the flowers and fragrance enough to continue being vigilant with the Red Lily Beetle.
Joining the North American Lily Society (NALS) has opened up many
opportunities for us to meet other lily growers. Although we have
been unable to attend regularly scheduled meetings, or conferences
due to our schedules, we have met and visited lily lovers as far
away as Minnesota! It has been such fun and we encourage you to
give it a try too. The members have a wealth of knowledge and love
to help newbies such as we are. The web address for the NALS site
is www.lilies.org. Take a look and
see what you think.
Leila & Harold